Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness



Miss N. Rushton – Class Teacher

Mrs J Bradley - Class TA

Mrs S Clarkson - Class TA


Welcome back to our children and families. We hope this New Year brings happiness to all.

Play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults. Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practice new ideas and skills, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. The role that adults have is crucial. Adults provide time and space and appropriate resources. These might include clothes, boxes, buckets, old blankets that will inspire play and fire children’s imaginations. They observe play and join in when invited, watching and listening before intervening. They value play and provide safe but challenging environments that support and extend learning and development.

Spring Term

Our focus for RE this term is ‘Celebration’. Through this scheme of work and our collective worship sessions we will explore what a celebration is, think about the different celebrations and look at photographs from school and from home to share experiences of being part of special celebrations. We will look closely at the local church community and learn about what the parish family celebrate.


We will continue to use and introduce high quality texts to develop our love of reading in Reception Class. The children have daily access to the books in our provision areas. We carefully plan our books according to the children’s interests and use them to fire children’s imagination and curiosity.

Please continue to read with your child at home each evening. This supports their phonetic knowledge as well as developing their love of books. Thank you for keeping the communication open by signing the reading diary, this helps us further support your child at school. The bookmarks are really useful and give some good ideas for questioning when reading with your child.



Follow this link to hear the sounds pronounced correctly;



 Reading Support

You can access 'Epic reading' with your child at home.
-Follow the link - www.getepic.com/students
-Type in the classroom code MKA-3719
-Find your child's name.
-Enjoy sharing stories together, listening to audio books and watching video stories.


Our Maths curriculum embeds mathematical thinking and talk. To support and direct our teaching and learning, we follow the scheme ‘White Rose Hub’. The scheme builds on the content of the previous topic and allows for key mathematical concepts to be revisited and developed further across the year.

Each phase has a number focus and suggested links to measure, shape and spatial thinking. The phase will be begin with this term is ‘Alive in 5!’

 In the Spring term we will learn –

  • The number name ‘zero’ and the numeral ‘0’
  • Children continue to understand that when comparing numbers, one quantity can be more than, the same as or fewer than another quantity.
  • Children will continue to develop the understanding that all numbers are made up of smaller numbers.
  • To use the language related to ‘weight’ and make direct comparisons
  • Children will continue to build on their understanding of full and empty to show half full, nearly full and nearly empty.

There are several books you can read to support learning in this phase;

  • None the number – Oliver Jeffers
  • Zero is the Leaves on the Tree – Betsy Franco
  • A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson
  • Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson
  • I Spy Numbers – Jean Marzello
  • Who Sank the Boat – Pamela Allen
  • Balancing Act – Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • A Beach for Albert – Eleanor May
  • Anno’s Counting Book – Mitsumasa Anno
  • The Ugly Five – Julia Donaldson
  • The Blue Balloon – Mick Inkpen


Have a look at ‘Numberblocks’ – we use the videos and visuals to support and develop our mathematical understanding;


The open ended provision in class will help the children to practise what they have learned during whole class sessions as well as becoming independent in creating their own challenges through many play opportunities during the school day.

Please click here to the home learning page for this phase https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/alive-in-5-week-1/


Parents notices

-Please send your child in to school each day with a waterproof coat and a pair of wellies (we love to get wet and muddy and play outside in all weather conditions)

-Please practice self-help skills at home such as putting own coat on and fastening independently

-Ensure all clothing is name labelled

-Water bottles to be brought to school each day and refilled at home

-Children to come to school every Wednesday dressed in their PE kit (white t-shirt, navy/black shorts or jogging bottoms with school jumper on)

-Book bags to be brought in once a week on your child’s reading day

Please follow the links below to the sites to support learning from home